BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Earlier this month, a local World War II veteran traveled to New Orleans to visit the National World War II Museum.
Brazos County resident Joe Ferreri is a 102-year-old World War II Navy veteran. During the war he was stationed in San Diego where he worked on battleship engines. He was one of 18 World War II veterans who took part in the trip organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Each veteran had to be accompanied by a godfather on Ferreri’s trip, it was his daughter Susan.
The veterans traveled to New Orleans in a bus which was escorted by police along the way. During the stops, they were greeted by people wanting to take pictures with them and shake their hands.
“They took care of every single person on this trip,” Ferreri said. “Everyone had what they wanted. They all got attention. I haven’t seen a single person left unattended, so I’d like to go on a trip again.”
Ferreri said he was delighted to see the tankers that were used in the war being dismantled and rebuilt inside the museum for everyone to see.
“It was amazing what they put together, big beautiful things showing how we won WWII and I loved that,” Ferreri said. “It’s like God came in and put him in.”
Veterans were also treated to a movie inside the museum, a dinner cruise and a tour of the swamps. Ferreri said his favorite moment of the trip was watching the alligators come out of the water next to the boat.
“Everyone was so excited on the boat I thought half of them were going to jump in and I was laughing and laughing everyone was laughing,” Ferreri said.
The veterans returned home with a certificate presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars, a scarf knitted by museum volunteers and a mailbag full of letters and children’s coloring pages.
State Chaplin’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Michael Foy Day said he remembered the look of joy on their faces as they read the letters during the bus ride.
“Our greatest generation, our audience needs to know that,” Foy Day said. “It’s their time, to make sure we say thank you.”
Plans are already underway for a third trip, and Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell paintings done by veterans in the Montgomery County Jail, Foy Day said.
“We welcome all WWII veterans and their sponsor, usually it’s a family member, but it’s a keepsake for those two because it might be the last keepsake for that veteran,” he said. declared Foy Day.
As for Joe Ferreri, he is already looking forward to the next trip.
“It’s a shame it’s only been so long, and maybe a day later I can get back to it somehow,” Ferreri said.
Last month, a fundraiser for the trip was held at Bryan VFW Post 4692. Ellen Fuller, volunteer co-chair of Wreath Across America Brazos Valley, said there are plans to hold another barbecue fundraiser. , but the date has not been decided.
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